Bill would give Compact more clout

Ten-minute rule bill would give statutory powers to the Commission for the Compact

The chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Community and Voluntary Sector will propose legislation aimed at giving the Commission for the Compact statutory powers.

Tom Levitt MP said he would present a 10-minute rule bill calling for statutory powers for the commission, which oversees the Compact, the agreement between third sector organisations and public bodies setting out how they should treat each other.

"After last year's consultation, there is widespread agreement that the commission should have the appropriate powers to secure better implementation of the Compact," said Levitt.

"This would strengthen the relationship between the Government and the third sector and give the Compact more clout."

Ten-minute rule bills allow MPs to make a short speech on an issue - and for another member to make a reply - and are usually used to raise the profiles of issues members feel should have a wider airing.

Sir Bert Massie, Commissioner for the Compact, recommended to the Office of the Third Sector three months ago that his organisation should get statutory powers.

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